Little ole' Nova Scotia has known it's share of hot humid summers, but never like this August is giving us. Oh my goodness! I have such compassion now for those of you in the southern US.
I don't have air conditioning. I live in a lovely, shady spot where on average, you can honestly complain 3X during the summer of the excessive heat and humid conditions. But this summer, the fans are on full blast all day long, the refrigerator is stocked with ice water, ice tea, fruit juice and popsicles. I need only sit and I'm sweating; and any movement at all brings on a deluge of water dripping everywhere.
Why didn't I do my summer household chores in early July? Still, with students starting to return next weekend, it has to be done. So, I've been painting walls and trim, recovering bedroom chairs, refurbishing lampshades and rearranging pictures to be hung and books etc to be discarded. I work, I sweat .... I shower and I pop open a cold one. (I thank God for the guy who invented beer and for the next guy who thought about dropping in a slice of lime! And yeah, kudos to the refrigerator inventor!)
I also spend Saturday mornings at my local Farmer's Market. (I have become the new Sat morn Market Manager/Wrangler.) And even though we should be living on a steady diet of fresh peaches, blueberries and yogurt during this time of year, I am seduced by fresh veggies -- the multi-colored beets; the different greens of the lettuce, kale, chard; the silky ears of corn; and the unknowns ......... such as this Kohlrabi.
Wiki says: " The taste and texture of kohlrabi are similar to those of a broccoli stem or cabbage heart, but milder and sweeter, with a higher ratio of flesh to skin. The young stem in particular can be as crisp and juicy as an apple, although much less sweet."
I haven't tried him yet, but I've searched out recipes and plan on roasting cubes in olive oil and garlic and just before eating it, splashing it with a good vinegar. A good vinegar like the Maple Rum Balsamic I bought in July at the Lunenburg Farmer's Market. (Do you remember me highlighting that booth -- Salty Betty? She also sold Lemon Rose Sugar.)
I heated olive oil & real butter, browned some pork tenderloin with sliced onions, deglazed the pan with the delicious Maple Rum Balsamic (WHAT an aroma!), added the scrubbed, chunked veggies along with a couple of cubed sweet potatoes, a sprig of fresh Thyme, a little salt and pepper, a generous splash of white wine, a small handful of dried cranberries & slivers of dried apricot; covered the pan and transferred the whole to the oven for an hour to roast.
Perfection! The pork was tender and fragrant with thyme; the veggies infused with the sweet maple/rum flavor; and every now and then, your bite would be surprised by the soft dried fruit.
It was worth the sweat!
Now I'm off to try to find a recipe for Maple Rum Balsamic so I can share this treasure with my family and friends!
How are you spending your sweaty days?